are underway in a hotel in central minsk. >> i decided not to focus on international policy for more as a man. >> he is now in the role of a foreign correspondent for a newspaper his father bought for him. >> i come here as a journalist for the independent newspaper that i will write. he considers himself an authoritarian leader. >> so what does he expect from the belarussian leader? >> i don't have any expectation of how it will go. i think it's the first one that i have done where i really don't know what to expect. but apparently, according to his press secretary, he's up for a fight. >> his own father made his billions after the breakup of the soviet union and taking privatization of -- which left many in poverty. he never allowed that to happen in belarus. >> the route that your country took was very different from the one that russia took. to my mind russia went the route of plenty of democracy in the 1990's, plenty of democracy, but not very much fairness, and belarus went the opposite way. there was plenty of fairness and not very much democracy. do you think that's a fair assessment?